Christian Laettner Featured at Timberwolves Basketball Academy Clinics on Saturday

March 18, 2015

What:  Christian Laettner media availability and Timberwolves youth basketball clinic

When: Saturday, March 21

9-11:30 a.m. – clinic and opportunity for b-roll

11:35 a.m. – Laettner media availability

Where: Wayzata East Middle School

12000 Ridgemont Ave. West, Plymouth

Info: On Saturday, the Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball Academy is holding two youth clinics featuring former Timberwolves player and recent ESPN 30 for 30 documentary subject Christian Laettner. This will be the only formal media availability for Laettner while he is visiting the Twin Cities. Media are also welcome to get footage of the clinic and of Laettner coaching the youth participants, ages 9-13.


Timberwolves Awarded Justin Hamilton Off Waivers

March 5, 2015

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has claimed center Justin Hamilton off waivers. In a subsequent move, the team has waived forward Glenn Robinson III. The Wolves roster stands at 15 players.

Hamilton, 24, has played in 24 games (five starts) this season with the Miami Heat, averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game. In his second year out of Louisiana State University, the 7-0 center played in eight games last season for Miami and the Charlotte Bobcats, averaging 3.3 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. Hamilton was originally drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 45th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Hamilton was traded from the Heat to the New Orleans Pelicans on February 19, 2015. He did not appear in a game with the Pelicans before being waived on March 3, 2015.

Robinson III appeared in 25 games this season with Minnesota, averaging 1.2 points in 4.3 minutes per contest. The Wolves drafted the 6-7 forward with the 40th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft.


Wolves’ Andrew Wiggins Named Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February

March 5, 2015

The NBA today named Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins as its Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February. This is the fourth consecutive month Wiggins has earned the honor, the only player in franchise history to win the award multiple times. He’s the first rookie to win the award in four straight months since Damian Lillard during the 2012-13 season.

Wiggins led all qualified rookies in scoring (16.8 ppg), FT attempts (5.4 per game) and minutes played (38.7 mpg) while ranking 3rd in blocks (0.82 bpg), 3rd in FT pct (76.3%), 4th in FG pct (45.7%), 8th in rebounding (4.8 rpg) and 10th in assists (2.3 apg).

Wiggins was named MVP of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 13, as part of All-Star Weekend in New York, posting 22 points, six rebounds and four assists while leading Team World to a 121-112 victory over Team USA. Wiggins tallied 20+ points three times during the month. He netted 20 points in a 111-109 win against Phoenix on Feb. 20, moving him into 9th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list for teenagers (826). On his 20th birthday three nights later, he scored 30 points in a 113-102 loss at Houston, his third 30+point-game of the season (tying Isaiah Rider for the most ever by a Wolves rookie).

Originally selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 1st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Wiggins was acquired by the Wolves on Aug. 23, 2014 in a three-team trade. This season he leads all qualified rookies in scoring (15.8 ppg) and minutes (34.9 mpg), while ranking 4th in rebounding (4.3 rpg) and steals (1.14 spg), 5th in blocks (0.61 bpg) and 7th in assists (1.9 apg).


Timberwolves Basketball Academy Clinics to Feature Christian Laettner

March 4, 2015

The Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball Academy is holding two youth clinics that feature former Timberwolves player Christian Laettner on Saturday, March 21. Registration for the clinics is available now at www.timberwolvesbasketballacademy.com.

Both clinics will be held at Wayzata East Middle School, 12000 Ridgemont Ave. West, Plymouth. The first clinic at 9-11:30 a.m. is open to participants ages 9-13, and the second at 2-4:30 p.m. is open to ages 13-18. Cost to attend is $59. Each participant will have an opportunity to receive an autograph and group photo with Laettner.

Laettner was drafted by the Timberwolves with the third overall pick in 1992 NBA Draft. He spent three full seasons in Minnesota before being traded to Atlanta during the 1995-96 season. During his rookie season, Laettner averaged a career-high 18.2 points per game and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. Prior to being drafted, Laettner was the only college player named to the 1992 U.S. National ‘Dream Team’ that won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics.

Laettner’s visit to the Twin Cities comes on the heels of the March 15 debut of the new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary that focuses on his career and polarizing fan reaction that followed him long after his game-winning shot that advanced Duke to the 1992 NCAA Final Four.


Timberwolves Players to Participate in Book Mobile Visit Tuesday

March 2, 2015

What:  The Minnesota Timberwolves Book Mobile is bringing along two players for its next stop in the Twin Cities. During the Book Mobile stop, the players will interact with 75 elementary students and help them each pick out a book to take home.

Who: Glenn Robinson III and Lorenzo Brown

When: Tuesday, March 3

3-4 p.m.

Where: Southside Village Boys & Girls Club

701 E. 39th St.

Minneapolis

Info: The Book Mobile supports the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation’s longstanding Read to Achieve program by traveling to Twin Cities area schools to donate books and provide students with incentives to read at home. During March, the Foundation holds its Read to Achieve month, presented by ViaWest, that focuses on helping young people develop a lifelong love for reading. Over the past 12 Wolves seasons, students from more than 1,500 schools across Minnesota have read more than 13 million pages through the program.


Timberwolves Exhaust Inventory of Tickets Purchased by Garnett

March 2, 2015

The Minnesota Timberwolves announce that the 1,000 tickets purchased by Kevin Garnett for tonight’s game have all been claimed by fans. The tickets were made available to fans at 9 a.m. today and were all claimed in less than three minutes.

On Sunday, the Timberwolves announced Garnett purchased 1,000 tickets for fans in a show of appreciation for the warm welcome he received during his return to Minnesota. Beginning at 9 a.m. today, the first 500 fans to log on to www.timberwolves.com/kg received a pair of tickets, courtesy of Garnett.

Fans who received tickets can pick them up today outside the Timberwolves executive offices on the skyway level of Target Center between 4-6 p.m.

Tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers tips off at 7 p.m. at Target Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for season members and 6 p.m. for the general public.


Garnett Purchases 1,000 Tickets for Fans to Monday’s Game vs. Clippers

March 1, 2015

In appreciation of Timberwolves fans’ overwhelming reception to his return to Minnesota, Kevin Garnett has purchased 1,000 tickets to Monday night’s game vs. the Los Angeles Clippers at Target Center. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, the first 500 fans to claim the tickets on www.timberwolves.com/kg will receive a pair of tickets, courtesy of Garnett.

“The response and support I’ve received from Wolves fans since my return to Minnesota has been nothing short of amazing. It’s been unbelievable,” said Garnett. “As a gesture of thanks, I would like to treat some fans to Monday night’s game against the Clippers. Love you all, and thanks for the love. Enjoy the game on me.”

Fans are encouraged to visit www.timberwolves.com/kg, as the tickets are available only through this link. Fans can pick up their tickets outside the Timberwolves executive offices on the Skyway Level of Target Center between 4-6 p.m. on Monday.


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